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A 1959 Bulgari necklace made of platinum, 18-karat gold, emeralds and diamonds. (Estimated $250,000 to $350,000)
A set of four Louis XV gray-painted and carved fauteuils, circa 1750. (Estimated $12,000 to $18,000)
An imperial Chinese gilt-bronze lion clock stand from the Qianlong period, 1736-1795. (Estimated $180,000 to $220,000)
As our Downton Abbey withdrawals reach epic proportions, a mega estate auction just might be the thing to tide us over. And who better to fill the Dowager Countess?s place in our hearts than the late New York doyenne Brooke Astor?
On Monday, one week before it goes on the Sotheby?s auction block, much of Mrs. Astor?s estate--a whopping 901 items--will be on display to the public (for free).
Walk through recreated rooms (modeled after those in her Park Avenue apartment and Westchester country home, Holly Hill) to peruse authentic Louis XV chairs, Chinese lacquer furniture, porcelain animal figurines and an impressive tea service collection--not to mention some serious Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
Although the Astor family has seen its share of recent legal battles, the property is finally getting the closure the famed philanthropist wanted. The auction benefits her beloved local passions: the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Hudson Valley and Animal Medical Center.
We?re just happy to ogle at $200,000 lion-shaped clocks.
The ?Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor? exhibit runs from September 17 to 23; Sotheby?s, 1334 York Ave. (between 71st and 72nd sts.); 212-606-7000 or sothebys.com
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